As per a report submitted to the Supreme Court by the Centre, compared to 2019, this year, cases of stubble burning in Punjab have increased by more than 44 per cent. The report further revealed that cases of stubble burning have decreased by 25 per cent in Haryana this year.
The numbers were revealed in a detailed comparative analysis for the year 2019-2020. The report is a part of the Centre’s affidavit that it filed on Wednesday, responding to the direction of the Supreme Court to enlist the steps that the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) took in an attempt to fight the air pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Following the formation of the commission in October, the central government dissolved the decades-old Environment Protection Control Authority (EPCA), constituted by the Supreme Court.
Reporting about the steps that the newly-established commission took, the Centre submitted details of the recent meetings conducted to survey the measures and discuss on the proposals about the steps that are necessary to improve the air quality in Delhi-NCR.
Reportedly, the commission gathered inputs on methods that can be taken to mitigate paddy residue burning from multiple stakeholders, including various NGOs.
As per the centre’s report, there are six districts in Punjab that have been the highest contributor to stubble burning. The six districts are, Sangrur, Bathinda, Ferozepur, Moga, Ludhiana, and Mukstar.
Since 2019, cases of stubble burning have continually increased in these districts. In Sangrur, 45 per cent of the increase was reported. Bathinda saw an increase of 34 per cent, while cases in Ferozepur increased by 38 per cent this year.